Meaning of “later” in the English Dictionary

"later" in English

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uk /ˈleɪ.tər/ us /ˈleɪ.t̬ɚ/

A2 at a time in the future or after the time you have mentioned:

He'll be back later.
We could always go later in the season.
Police questioned him and he was later arrested.
later on

B1 at a time in the future, or after the time you have mentioned:

What are you doing later on this evening?
Shall I go and fetch her later on?
Later on, we could go and have a meal if you like.
no/not later than

not after:

She said she'd prefer us to arrive no later than nine o'clock.

lateradjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈleɪ.tər/ us /ˈleɪ.t̬ɚ/

later adjective [ before noun ] (TOWARDS THE END)

C2 happening towards the end of a period of time or the end of someone's life:

He needed round-the-clock care in the later stages of his illness.
During his later years, he lived in Cape Town.


uk /ˈleɪ.tər/ us /ˈleɪ.t̬ɚ/ also laters informal

(Definition of “later” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈleɪ·t̬ər/

later adverb (NEAR THE END)

comparative oflate :

He was successful later in his career.

later adverb (AFTER)

after the present, expected, or usual time; comparative oflate :

She said she would speak to me later.
Why don’t you call back later on, when he’s sure to be here?

(Definition of “later” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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